I have received many emails asking for an opinion about Eason Jordan's comments about US Servicemen intentionally targeting and killing journalists. Forumblog started the ire about Jordan:
...During one of the discussions about the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War, Eason Jordan asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by US troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-US crowd) and cause great strain on others...
First, the fact that a crowd would applaud when someone makes a utterly false and unattributed assertion about the US military aggressively targeting journalists is absolutely disgusting.
When called on the carpet about his statements, Jordan appeared to change his stance. However, CNN will not release the video tape of his statements and CNN will not investigate Jordan's immense bias and slander. This is, of course, from the network that was under Saddam's thumb - they failed to report Saddam's atrocities in return for access in Iraq. Does CNN have a chronic moral and bias disease?
If a reporter is travelling with insurgents and gets killed by "collateral" damage or is targeted as part of the group, that's the chance you take as a journalist. The same as if you are covering the US forces.
If you get a chance to see Gunner Palace, Michael Tucker goes on missions with US forces in some very dangerous places around Baghdad. If insurgents shot him, would that be deliberate targeting of a journalist or would that be collateral damage around targeting US forces? What would Eason Jordan say about that?
Now you can get involved. I've joined up with Bill Roggio of the Fourth Rail, Chester of The Adventures of Chester, and Brian Scott of Blue State Conservatives to put some accurate and painful pressure on CNN to release the tape and investigate Eason Jordan.
EasonGate is born:
The Easongate blog has been created in light of Eason Jordan's recent statements at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he accused American servicemen of intentionally targeting and killing journalists in Iraq. These are serious charges that should not have been made without supporting evidence, which he did not provide. American servicemen and women are risking their lives daily and it is wholly inappropriate for a man of his stature and influence to make baseless claims in front of an international audience. As an experienced journalist, he fully understands the impact of his words and the effects on his audience. Mr. Jordan has a past history of making such statements.
The purpose of this blog is as follows:
· Act as a clearinghouse for information related to Mr. Jordan's recent and past statement concerning the United States military.
· Provide analysis and commentary on the developing situation.
· Advocate CNN to take real and meaningful disciplinary action against Mr. Jordan.
· Create a petition expressing the public's displeasure with Mr. Jordan's statements.
· Gather information on CNN's advertisers and make this information available to the public.
Our hope is that CNN will launch an investigation into Mr. Jordan's past and recent history, and take appropriate action. The staff of Easongate is not confident CNN will address this situation without external pressure, however, so we hope to provide the means for the public to place pressure on CNN to act.